The Fondation Louis Vuitton, overlooking the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, is hosting a new site-specific work from French conceptual artist Daniel Buren titled “L’Observatoire de la lumière” (Observatory of light), which opened on May 11. Buren conceived of the piece with the Frank Gehry–designed building’s signature design element in mind—the building’s 12 “sails,” composed of 3,600 glass panels. Buren’s artwork uses colored filters, in 13 different shades, which are positioned at an equal distance from one another across the glass structure. White-striped, like a fritted patterns and clear panels are also positioned intermittently. Depending on the time of day and the season, the filters will interact with natural light to create a play of color, projection, reflection, transparency, and contrast, transforming the building into a living kaleidoscope. The installation remains on view through the end of 2016.
Elizabeth Donoff is the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Lighting.